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What Causes Damage To The Liver
Hepatitis, alcohol: Cirrhosis is mainly fibrosis formation on liver (scarring of the liver tissue).Multiple medical conditions can lead to cirrhosis, among the most common are viral hepatitis mainly the chronic type: hepatitis b and c, other common causes are alcohol abuse and less common: hereditary metabolic conditions like wilson disease (cooper deposits) and hemochromatosis iron deposits in liver ; medications. ...Read more
This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more
Alcohol & viruses: Alcohol abuse, infection with hepatitis viruses b and c and more recently, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (associated with obesity) are the common causes. Others being biliary obstruction, primary biliary cirrhosis, schistosomiasis, hemochromatosis, Alpha 1 anti-trypsin deficiency and wilson disease etc. ...Read more
Remove insult: It is difficult to help liver damage, other than removing the insulting agent wether that be a toxin (drug or alcohol) or virus. Vit e has shown some benefit in helping damage done with fatty liver disease, however there is new concern about increasing prostate cancer risk with its use. No herbal medication has consistently proven any benefit. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Many causes.: there are entire text books written on possible causes of liver damage. The most common causes in the United States are alcohol, viruses, medications, genetic, and autoimmune processes. Each of these can damage the liver in various ways. If you feel you have liver damage, see your doctor. They may recommend that you see a gastroenterologist also. Good luck. ...Read more
HepatitisB& C common: Amongst heroin users, hepatitis b & c are common due to sharing needles. Untreated, these viruses can slowly kill the liver -> cirrhosis/liver failure/liver cancer. Heroin is cut with other toxic substances, and these substances can affect a number of organs including liver, lungs (talc lung). Heroin is dangerous, and should not be used by anyone. Anyone addicted can seek help from his/her doctor. ...Read more
Many Things: Hepatitis c, fatty liver, and alcohol abuse are the most common causes. Other causes include blockage of the bile duct can cause biliary cirrhosis, inherited diseases such as: cystic fibrosis glycogen storage diseases, Alpha 1 antitrypsin deficiency, hemochromatosis, and wilson's disease. ...Read more
Why does liver damage increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier? Is it hyperammonemia due to liver damage?...or something else?
The same as for...: ...ANY tissue or organ. Could be vascular, infectious, inflammatory, metabolic, traumatic, nutritional deficiency, endocrine, neoplastic, drug-induced, genetic, mechanical, degenerative...I think that about covers it. That's probably not the sort of answer you wanted, but your question is like asking what causes unhappiness: It's too unfocused to be answered in any other way. ...Read more
How serious of an injury is multiple stabs to the bicep? Additionally, specifically what kind of damage can this cause?
Multiple causes: There are many causes of liver damage. Excess alcohol use is a major cause. Hepatitis and abnormal iron storage can also be the reason. Fat storage in the liver may be a problem if it becomes extensive. Autoimmune diseaes is also a possibility. If you have abnormal liver tests or suspect a problem, you should discuss the situation with your doctor now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many things ...: There are many causes of liver inflammation - hepatitis viruses, fatty liver, alcohol, genetic diseases, autoimmune diseases - to name some of them. If your liver enzymes are elevated, the cause should be determined. Longstanding liver injury can sometimes lead to cirrhosis. ...Read more
MANY THINGS: What test do you mean by "liver count"??????? The most common tests are enzymes and high levels are most commonly associated with medications/alcohol but other numbers indicate possible obstructive issues (pancreas/ gallbladder) More info for more direct answer! Hope this helps Dr Z ...Read more
What Rx's: Alcohol, medications (you may be allergic, or many "imported holistic herbal pills" are actually liver poisons), hepatitis b or c, wilson's, hemochromatosis, autoimmune hepatitis (200000 cases in the usa alone), infectious mono, or lack of exercise. The last is ruining more good livers today than probably anything else. ...Read more
Unclear question: There is no test called liver count. ...Read more
Liver attack: Need more information. Why do you believe your liver is attacking you? ...Read more
Interesting : It is not the question to ask. The question you should be asking is what is the cause. Too much alcohol can help do this. If someone is very overweight , this can be the cause. This can occur in prediabetic states or in diabetes. It may also be a precursor of cirrhosis. Meds can be the cause of this as well as some infections. There can also be a problem is someone had extreme weight loss. See doc ...Read more
I was born 5 weeks premature and my liver wasn't fully working? Will this cause liver problems in the future
How is it possible that relatively small <5cm benign lesions in liver can cause discomfort when liver has no pain reporting nerves?
The liver capsule: Which is the thin layer of internal "skin" that surrounds and encloses the livwer does have nerves that sense pain. So if there are areas where the liver is expanding due to smaller lesions or these are close to the liver's capsule then there will be visceral, usually dull vague pain. Other internal structures, like the biliary system (bile ducts) can cause pain if they are blocked. Best wishes! ...Read more
I take several different medications and im scared that they are destroying my liver, but it can cause even more damage if i stop taking them. Help?
I had a liver test taken a month ago and it was normal. I took one again and it came out abnormal. Should I be worried? What causes an abnormal test?
Abnormal liver tests: It is hard to answer this question without more information. What liver tests were abnormal and what were the actual values. There are many things that can cause elevated liver enzymes such as medications, alcohol and infections. You need to follow up with your physician about these abnormal test results. ...Read more
Obesity/bad fat: Obesity is the main cause of fatty liver disease which is now #1 liver illness in america. Excessive food, especially fats causes obesity and thus fatty liver disease. It is reversible if no cirrhosis yet. So, if u have been told so, wt loss, minimize alcohol, avoid drugs will reverse the fatty liver. Live healthy, live well, live long. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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